Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, department store operator Sears Holdings (OTC:SHLDQ) has received an alarming one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Sears and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Sears facts


Headquarters (founded)

Hoffman Estates, Ill. (1899)

Market Cap

$5.1 billion


Department stores

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$40.1 billion


Chairman CEO Edward Lampert

CFO Robert Schriesheim

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$622.0 million/$4.0 billion


J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP)

Target (NYSE:TGT)

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 36% of the 2,327 members who have rated Sears believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, TMFthump, succinctly summed up the underperform case for our community:

An unfortunate demise for this once proud brand, their retail business for both KMart and Sears is a complete mess. The best thing I can see happening to [Sears] is to spinoff the few remaining pieces of value. Craftsman and Kenmore could generate some interest, but there is little else left for the scavengers to pick at.

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